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Weekly Update: Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Potato Recipes, Deals, and More

Posted on 2/5/2016 16:14 EST

Love is in the air, and romantic partners are getting ready for Valentine’s Day. Here are ideas for celebrating in style while minding the budget. Enjoy a few chocolate treats together and maybe start planning a destination wedding. With Mardi Gras coming up on Feb. 9, New Orleans beckons with plenty of free and cheap attractions. Hearty meals planned around potatoes, a cheap staple, can be enjoyed en famille while gathered around a new LED TV. Read More

12 Valentine's Day Ideas Your Date (and Your Wallet!) Will Love

Posted on 2/5/2016 8:30 EST

With Valentine's Day looming -- and Feb. 14 falling on a weekend -- many couples are making extravagant plans. But Valentine's Day can present a serious financial challenge, especially to a bank account still recovering from the winter holidays. If you don't have the cash (or patience) for dinner at a fancy restaurant crowded by every other couple in town, alternatives abound. These romantic date ideas will have you sipping fine wine, sharing an elegant dessert, or holding your sweetheart close for very little money. Read More

10 Valentine's Day Dinners to Make at Home

Posted on 2/5/2016 8:08 EST

Cooking dinner with a loved one or new flame on Valentine's Day is a fun date idea with benefits: It avoids the hassle of reservations and overpriced prix-fixe menus. Even inexpensive meal ideas can make for an impressive Valentine's Day, and even beginning cooks can put together one of these romantic dishes (which they can later slot into a normal weekday repertoire). Read More

Today's Best Deals

Posted on 2/4/2016 15:02 EST

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10 Chocolate Meccas Across America

Posted on 2/4/2016 9:32 EST

February is arguably the best month of the year for chocolate fanatics. They surely give thanks for all the sweet Valentine's Day goodies on store shelves and consider February's designation as National Chocolate Lovers' Month another excuse for guilt-free chocolate gluttony. Tempted to shell out $10 for an artisanal bar? Instead, go to the source: These 10 chocolate companies invite visitors to sample chocolate for free or the price of a tour. Read More

10 Cheap Recipes for Potato Lovers' Month

Posted on 2/4/2016 9:23 EST

Potatoes are the epitome of comfort food -- soft, hearty, and filling. Delicious on their own with minimal spicing and able to take on nearly any flavor without losing their identity, potatoes are a culinary wonder. Dirt-cheap prices make them a staple for people across the economic divide and in many cooking traditions. So celebrate the humble spud during Potato Lovers' Month (as February has been declared by state potato commissions) with these 10 easy and low-cost recipes. Read More

10 Free Pre-Valentine's Day Workouts for Couples

Posted on 2/3/2016 9:30 EST

Months of holiday celebrations and winter hibernation can pack on pounds, but with Valentine's Day approaching, it's time to feel your sensual best. It seems to be true that couples who work out together have more satisifying relationships, as Psychology Today found in a 2014 roundup of studies related to exercise and romance. Couples who work out every day no doubt also have more interesting nights to look forward to once the lights are off, so it might be worth trying these free couples exercises. Read More

10 Places Where Chocolate Lovers Have to Try the Hot Cocoa

Posted on 2/3/2016 9:10 EST

Whether you're toughing out the cold in Fairbanks or facing a slight winter chill in San Diego, there's nothing like sipping a steaming mug of delicious hot cocoa. In celebration of National Chocolate Lovers' Month, here are 10 spots where a few dollars can buy one of the best cups of cocoa in the country. Pair it with chocolate-covered strawberries, rich truffles, or another chocolatey treat to really indulge this February. Read More

10 Places for Budget-Friendly Destination Weddings

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:40 EST

Planning a destination wedding on a budget can be quite a challenge. In addition to travel, there are many other expenses for couples and their guests to consider, including accommodations, ceremony and reception venues, dining options, and extra activities. For those willing to look beyond the beaten track, though, there are a number of locales both here and abroad for a destination wedding that won't break the bank. Read More

10 Cheap Valentine Treats Besides a Box of Chocolates

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:31 EST

Chocolates are a time-tested gift for Valentine's Day, but also perhaps a little tired. To give a gift that's a little more unique (or cater to dietary needs) while keeping to a budget, consider these other treats. Read More

10 Ways to Give a Romantic Valentine's Day Gift on a Budget

Posted on 2/3/2016 8:19 EST

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show a loved one how much you care, but the costs of traditional gifts such as jewelry or fine dining can get uncomfortably high -- and some people just object to the commercialization and commodification of a day that's supposed to be about loving each other. Instead of plunking down dozens (or hundreds) of dollars for the holiday, try these gift ideas instead. Read More

Date Night Prep: 10 Money-Saving Tips

Posted on 2/2/2016 10:00 EST

Dating can be a costly affair. Whether it's taking your partner out for an evening on the town or meeting someone new for coffee, the receipts certainly pile up. But there's no reason to sacrifice your bank account to your social life. Here are 10 easy ways to cut the cost of date-night preparations. Read More

13 Healthy Homemade Snacks for National Snack Food Month

Posted on 2/2/2016 9:30 EST

Many people rely on snacks to get through the day, but nibbling on packaged foods can be high in cost and high in calories. Making healthy snacks at home boosts the nutritional value and saves money. Celebrate National Snack Food Month in February by serving up these tasty homemade snacks. Read More

Top 4 Budget TVs Under $500 for Super Bowl 2016

Posted on 2/2/2016 9:27 EST

It's almost Super Bowl Sunday -- America's favorite secular holiday, when family and friends gather among piles of nachos and cases of beer. The big game on Feb. 7 begs to be watched on a big screen, and retailers are offering deals to tempt consumers to splurge on pricey TVs. But don't jump at a big discount without considering features and performance. Cheapism.com analyzed reviews and product specifications to come up with four top picks under $500. These cheap TVs not 4K ultra-high-definition, but neither is the Super Bowl broadcast; better to wait until prices drop. In the meantime, the models featured here display images in full 1080p HD. They're all smart TVs with access to online streaming services such as Netflix. They aren't tiny, either: The screens are as large as 55 inches. Read More

Today's Best Deals

Posted on 2/2/2016 9:26 EST

We're testing our mettle today, trying to find the best deals online for less than the price of a pair of lattes. From lip balm to waffle makers, take a gander at what a 10-spot can buy today. Read More

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